UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/06/2017

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:45pm to 7:30pm | Saturday 17th June 2017)

A hunt for the lost Ninth Roman Legion leads the Doctor, Bill and Nardole into the middle of an ancient battle that could cast humanity into the dark forever. What is inside the cairn? And how far will they have to go defeat the terrifying alien Eaters of Light?

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th June 2017)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales have been exploring canals for half a century. But now they embark on their most ambitious voyage ever, along the waterways of India. In this episode, they explore the extraordinary backwaters of Kerala: a 1000-mile network of palm-fringed lakes, rivers banked by rice paddies and some very familiar-looking British-built canals. For millennia the trade in ginger, cardamom and black pepper has made the backwaters a thriving trade route for spices. Tim and Pru pass laden cargo ships, school bus-boats, and fishermen whose only tools are their hands. They explore a canal built by a local ruler to boost trade and make offerings at a temple. And Pru dusts off her dancing shoes to learn the traditional Kerlan dance of the enchantress.

Theresa v Boris: How May Became PM (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:15pm | Sunday 18th June 2017)

This drama documentary tells the story of the Conservative Party’s 2016 leadership campaign – how Boris Johnson, having won the referendum and in pole position to be the next PM, handed victory to Theresa May. Based on extensive research and first-person testimonies, this dramatized narrative goes beyond the headlines to lay bare the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders of this extraordinary political time. The programme also features key interviews with people who were intimately involved in the campaigns of the main contenders.

Supermarket Shopping Secrets (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 19th June 2017)

Series in which Gregg Wallace and journalist Babita Sharma get the inside track on the latest tactics in the supermarket wars to help people stay one step ahead. In this episode, Gregg discovers the high-tech acoustic kit being used to get an edge in the battle to bring us a perfect avocado. Also, a look at what’s going on in the new battlefield of luxury products on a budget, and Babita uncovers what can be learned from supermarket data gatherers.

Who Should We Let in? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm 10:00pm | Thursday 22nd June 2017)

Ian Hislop takes an entertaining, provocative look at the decades from the Victorian Era to the First World War, when modern Britain introduced its first peacetime restrictions on immigration. The Victorians had an open door to foreigners, drawing no distinction between economic migrant and asylum seeker. But rising immigration in the late 19th century triggered a debate fuelled by clashing values, economic anxiety and the media. Winston Churchill spoke out against the tough curbs proposed by the 1902 Royal Commission, lambasting it as the work of prejudice and racism. But the 1905 Aliens Act restricted peacetime immigration for the first time. Ian also examines the role of the press in stoking fear and prejudice against migrants, discusses attitudes to immigration then and now with Alan Johnson, Baroness Warsi and Katie Hopkins, and takes the temperature of the nation in animated conversation with native and foreign-born Brits in London, Liverpool and Folkestone.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 23rd June 2017)

The double Bafta-nominated series continues live on Friday nights for the 11th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. Each week, they are joined by a live audience and guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the week’s events.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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